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Frank Sinatra Comes To New England

Like George Washington, Frank Sinatra made many forays into New England over his long career. Unlike George Washington, Sinatra came to sing, dance and campaign for politicians. Though he is identified more with Las Vegas, New York and Chicago, Sinatra’s ...

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The Great Havana Hurricane of 1846

One month after a tropical storm walloped Massachusetts, the Great Havana Hurricane of 1846 blew through New England, flattening factories, collapsing houses, uprooting trees and tearing up railroads. It was a storm of extraordinary size and strength, the most intense ...

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6 New England Diners

The diner has a long and proud history in New England, from its roots outside of a Providence newspaper to today’s retro lunch car offering comfort food and local banter. Some New England diners are even on the National Register ...

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Six Prohibition Speakeasies You Can Still Visit

When the 18th Amendment to the Constitution took effect on January 17, 1920, New England’s taverns suddenly became speakeasies. Law enforcement couldn’t keep up, and liquor and beer were easy to find. Many old New England homes, drugstores, restaurants and ...

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The Little Canadas of New England

Dozens of Little Canadas have contributed a significant but often ignored part of the character and history of New England since the 19th century. They’ve given us magnificent churches, Catholic hospitals and sports heroes like Springfield’s Leo Durocher and Woonsocket’s ...

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John Hancock Snubs George Washington

In the fall of 1789, President George Washington spent 10 days in Massachusetts, greeted by large crowds of people -- with the notable exception of Gov. John Hancock. Washington had been president six months, and he knew well the fragility ...

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